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12th International Carnivorous Plant Society Conference

ICPS CON 2018The International Carnivorous Plant Society announces the Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society and California Carnivores will co-host the 2018 ICPS conference with help from the San Diego CPS and the Los Angeles CPS!

Please come join us August 3-5, 2018, in Santa Rosa, California, tucked in the heart of beautiful Sonoma County. This area is renowned for its lovely scenery, mild weather, and culinary excellence. It is against this backdrop that we hope to provide what will be a once in a lifetime carnivorous plant event!

This is truly the golden age of carnivorous plants and we hope to highlight that with almost 3 full days of lectures on the cutting edge of CP discovery, taxonomy, and cultivation. The conference will begin with an opening presentation from Peter D’Amato, author of “The Savage Garden” and founder of California Carnivores. Be sure and bring your books and get them autographed by Peter! The line-up of presenters is still being put together, but we already have some illustrious names confirmed including: Stewart McPherson, Fernando Rivadavia, Greg Bourke, Larry Mellichamp, Andreas Fleischmann, Naoki Tanabe, and Ulrike Bauer.

The BACPS will be running a special expanded two-day Show and Sale in conjunction with the conference. This includes a judged plant show full of beautifully grown plants from our members and vendors with lots of plants for sale. It is our goal to have as many actual plants on display as possible.

An academic poster event will be held for speakers and other scientists to present their work.

On Sunday, after the presentations wrap up, there will be a banquet dinner at the conference hotel. 

Monday after the conference will be a free day for everyone. California Carnivores will be an open house for those who want to spend time there, but San Francisco is only an hour away for those with family who might be sick of carnivores by then.

Field trips leave Tuesday morning, August 7, for Darlingtonia country! The cobra plant is one of the most charismatic and animalistic of all carnivorous plants and yet it has been seen by relatively few because of its far-flung range. They are definitely worth the four-hour drive north! For starters, you’ll see the full diversity of color and forms that live in Del Norte Co., California. You’ll see rocky cliffs with hundreds of Pinguicula macroceras subsp. nortensis clinging to them like tiny starfish. Drosera rotundifolia will be present at several sites as well. We plan to end our excursion with Eight Dollar Mountain in Southern Oregon; a spectacular site where Darlingtonia grow from the river up most of the mountain. You’ll be in good company too with such illustrious travel companions including Barry Rice, Peter D’Amato, and Damon Collingsworth.

I love these conferences because they are a rare opportunity to gather with people from all over the world who are passionate about my passion. I always leave with new friends and appreciation for the plants that I love so much. Please come and be a part of carnivorous plant history.

For more information, please visit the 2018 ICPS Conference website and see the latest announcement on conference speakers (PDF) in CPN.

-- Damon Collingsworth

Sat, 03/10/2018 - 14:33

March 2018 CPN

CPN CoverThe March 2018 issue of CPN is now out.

The Carnivorous Plant Newsletter (CPN) is the official publication of the International Carnivorous Plant Society. It is published in March, June, September, and December.

Features of CPN include horticultural articles, research papers, field trip reports, conservation news, book and literature reviews, cultivar descriptions, artwork, meeting announcements, and advertisements.

 

  • A new sectional name for the Brazilian tetraploid clade of Drosera subgenus Drosera — Andreas Fleischmann and Paulo Minatel Gonella and Fernando Rivadavia (PDF
  • Sundew chemistry and emergence updates — Jan Schlauer and Siegfried R. H. Hartmeyer and Irmgard Hartmeyer and Holger Hennern and Anja Hennern (PDF
  • What’s new in the world of carnivorous plants – Summary of two symposia held in July 2017 — Simon Poppinga and Firman Alamsyah, and Ulrike Bauer and Andreas Fleischmann and Martin Horstmann and Saskia Klink and Sebastian Kruppert and Qianshi Lin and Ulrike Müller and Amanda Northrop and Bartosz J. Płachno and Anneke Prins and Mathias Scharm 
  • Propagation of some tuberous Drosera by leaf cutting — Robert Gibson 
  • The use of the right words: why carnitropism is inaccurate for carnivorous plants. Suggestion to reject the term “carnitropism” — Aurélien Bour 
  • New cultivars — Paul Young and Steve Sullivan and Carson Trexler (PDF
  • Register now for the ICPS field trip (7-11 August 2018) — Damon Collingsworth (PDF)

 

View Contents of All Recent CPN Issues

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 20:44

December 2017 CPN

CPN CoverThe December 2017 issue of CPN is now out.

The Carnivorous Plant Newsletter (CPN) is the official publication of the International Carnivorous Plant Society. It is published in March, June, September, and December.

Features of CPN include horticultural articles, research papers, field trip reports, conservation news, book and literature reviews, cultivar descriptions, artwork, meeting announcements, and advertisements.

 

  • 12th International Carnivorous Plant Society Conference — Damon Collingsworth (PDF
  • Revision of Pinguicula (Lentibulariaceae) in Chile and Argentina — Oliver Gluch (PDF
  • Drosera huegelii Endl. var. phillmanniana from the Stirling Range, south western Australia — Yves-Andre Utz and Robert Gibson (PDF
  • Drosera hybrida, the next generation — John Brittnacher 
  • I’m not dead yet, re-finding Drosera x hybrida in the wild — Jason Ksepka 
  • The correct name for Drosera intermedia x D. rotundifolia — Jan Schlauer (PDF
  • Erratum: Field notes from Andalucía, Spain - revisited — Jan Schlauer (PDF
  • New cultivars — Sébastien Bonnet and Butch Tincher and Jennifer Lei and Richard Nunn (PDF)

 

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 14:10

ICPS Treasurer Position

The ICPS seeks to fill an opening on the board of directors for the position of Treasurer. The successful candidate will have experience with small business accounting and banking as well as experience with carnivorous plants. Experience with non-profit organizations and/or international charity is desirable. The duties include monitoring e-mail notifications of financial activity on a daily basis, paying bills, preparing financial statements and yearly budget, working with our accountant to file the California and Federal income tax returns, and assisting the Membership Secretary and Store/Seedbank Manager with payment issues. Candidates should be responsive, meticulous, organized, a permanent resident of the United States, and live near a Chase Bank branch. Experience with Quickbooks or similar accounting software is a plus. Board meetings are via Skype and typically occur once a quarter in the evening (US time zones).

The ICPS is the preeminent international body concerned with the cultivation, conservation, and education of and about carnivorous plants. The ICPS currently has over 1200 members worldwide as well as over 7000 social media followers. The ICPS is an all-volunteer organization and a registered US IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation incorporated in California.

Interested candidates should send a resume and single page description of their relevant background in both financial and carnivorous plant realms to the ICPS President, Marcel van den Broek at marcel@carnivorousplants.org. The deadline for applications is 1 November 2017. 

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 19:44

September 2017 CPN

CPN CoverThe September 2017 issue of CPN is now out.

The Carnivorous Plant Newsletter (CPN) is the official publication of the International Carnivorous Plant Society. It is published in March, June, September, and December.

Features of CPN include horticultural articles, research papers, field trip reports, conservation news, book and literature reviews, cultivar descriptions, artwork, meeting announcements, and advertisements.

 

  • International Carnivorous Plant Society (ICPS) Treasurer
  • An account of Drosera section Prolifera — Richard Nunn and Greg Bourke
  • Quantification of growth benefit of carnivorous plants from prey — Lubomír Adamec
  • Carnivorous plants exhibit a unique tropism — Armando Simón
  • New cultivars — John Hummer and Phil Faulisi and Hawken Carlton and John Brittnacher

 

Sat, 09/02/2017 - 18:52

June 2017 CPN

CPN CoverThe June 2017 issue of CPN is now out.

The Carnivorous Plant Newsletter (CPN) is the official publication of the International Carnivorous Plant Society. It is published in March, June, September, and December.

Features of CPN include horticultural articles, research papers, field trip reports, conservation news, book and literature reviews, cultivar descriptions, artwork, meeting announcements, and advertisements.

 

Contents of the June 2017 Issue 46:2

  • Mid-Atlantic Carnivorous Plant Society — Kevin Zhang
  • Prey capture by Dionaea muscipula A review of scientific literature with supplementary original research — Stephen E. Williams and Siegfried R. H. Hartmeyer
  • Nepenthes robcantleyi: A natural hybrid — Geoff Mansell and Wally Suarez
  • Observations of new Roridula symbiotes — Frank Obregon
  • New cultivars — Christopher Crow and Olivier Bres and Andrea Amici and Fred Passkiewicz and Yi Chen and Alexander Fisch and Lucien Blacher 
  • Carnivorous plant cultivar names registered in 2016 

 

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 17:05